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Larry, Shawn King Cheating Rumors ... Just Rumors

8/25/2016 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry and Shawn King just shot a segment for Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" and they sat side by side -- at times even touching -- and scoffed at reports she cheated on him.

Larry and Shawn sat down with Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos and didn't exactly shoot down the stories, but still labeled them as "rumors."

Then they got in bed together.

The show airs Friday at 10 AM ET.

Katy Perry Shows Pity for 'Catfish' Victim ... Shames Flyover States

8/25/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry feels bad for the sap who got duped into thinking he was dating her for 6 years -- but the way she reached out to him might rub a lot of people the wrong way. 

Katy was on SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up" and the hosts asked her about last week's 'Catfish' episode ... where a guy from Tennessee thought he'd had an online relationship with Katy.

Check out the clip -- no doubt, Katy has compassion for him. It's just that the California gurl kinda sorta took a shot at folks in the middle of the country, and their access to pop culture.

Like we said ... she meant well. 

Maurice Jones-Drew & Ike Taylor Run 'Ninja Warrior' Course ... Aren't Terrible

8/25/2016 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gotta hand out props when props are due ... and Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor deserve some for getting as far as they did on the "Team Ninja Warrior" course. 

The ex-NFL stars hit up Universal Studios Hollywood yesterday and put their skills to the test ... and it was all caught on video. 

Look, they weren't exactly Kacy Catanzaro out there ... but they managed to navigate a few of the obstacles -- which (if you watch the show) is a lot further than a lot of people get!

Fellas, watch the video below ... study ... try again. 

Jeff Ross Peyton's Gonna Kill at the 'Roast' ... Here's Why.

8/25/2016 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Peyton Manning's got one HUGE obstacle to overcome if he wants to slay at the "Comedy Central Roast" of Rob Lowe -- but Jeff Ross says the QB is already showing serious promise. 

"Athletes are funny, but they don't always take a joke well," Ross told us at The Comedy Store in L.A. 

"They're usually very sensitive."

FYI, several athletes have been featured on 'Roasts' in the past -- including Warren Sapp, Mike Tyson and Shaq. 

The good news for Manning ... Ross says Peyton has already proved he has thick skin -- and expects nothing less than hilarity when #18 takes the stage. 

Meantime, he has one piece of advice for Manning ... "Wear a helmet."

'Kelly and Michael' Sued I Fell into Their 'Trap'

8/25/2016 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-kelly-michael-getty-02Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's TV studio was a dark and dangerous place -- and not only because of their feud -- according to an audience member who says she had a trippy and painful experience.

The woman, named Judith, says her January 2014 visit to "Live with Kelly and Michael" included a hard fall on her ass, and she's blaming it on an incompetent employee leading her through a poorly lit area of the studio with cables all over the place. 

She's not specific about exactly how she went down, but in the lawsuit she just filed ... she mentions the words "negligent" and "negligence" dozens of times while describing the scene. She calls it "trap like" conditions.

In the docs, Judith says she suffered severe and permanent injury -- again, short on specifics. She's suing the show, Disney and ABC. Kelly and Michael are not named as defendants, so ... no chance for a reunion on the witness stand. 

'Empire' Sued by Juvie Prisoners ... You Blocked Us From School & God

8/25/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825-chris-rock-terrence-howard-empre-jail-scene-FOX-01A couple of kids are trying to take down "Empire" -- or at least take some of the show's money -- for stopping them from getting an education ... behind bars.

The kids are teenage juvenile detention center inmates in Chicago ... and they say their home away from home was upset when Terrence Howard and Chris Rock swooped in last year to shoot scenes for season two's premiere episodes. 

According to them all the kids at Cook Co. Juvenile Temporary Detention Center were put on lockdown -- held in cells and pods -- during nearly 2 weeks of shooting. While in lockdown, they had no access to the rec yard, library, and chapel ... and family visits were interrupted.

The teens say their education was turned upside down too because although teachers were sent to cells and pods ... they say the tutoring was not effective. As they put it, "This was 'school' in name only," and often times "chaotic."

The teen inmates have boned up on TV accounting too -- they point out the "Empire" episodes made a ton of cash ... up to $750k per 30 second commercial, and they want a cut. They've filed the class action suit against FOX, Cook County and the warden.

FOX had no comment on the lawsuit.

50 Cent Gets Prison Letter from Drug Lord ... Make My Life a Movie

8/24/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824-50-cent-tmz-0150 Cent just got tapped by infamous drug lord Big Meech -- considered hip-hop's Pablo Escobar -- to make a movie about his life, and 50's got prison letters to prove it.

The rapper posted the letter Meech sent him, shouting out Fiddy's TV series, "Power" ... and giving him and producer Randall Emmett his blessing to work on his biopic.

Big Meech co-founded the notorious Black Mafia Family, got arrested in 2005 and is currently doing 30 years in prison -- but back in the day he kicked it with Jay Z, Fabolous, Young Jeezy and many more. 

Perfect time for the approval letter ... 50 recently announced his "B.M.F" project will be coming soon to Starz, which airs "Power."

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Tyler Perry So, I Cast White Actors ... Get Over It, People!

8/23/2016 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tyler Perry's color-blind ... and he's firing back at all the haters giving him crap over his new TV series.

We caught up with him Monday night at Craig's in WeHo and our photog asked him about all the criticism he's getting for his eight-part series, "Too Close to Home," on TLC.

Yes, it's a mostly white cast ... but the genius behind the 'Madea' movies thinks people need to see it differently.

Billy Bush Lochte Demanded Sit-Down with Lauer ... There's No Bad Blood!

8/23/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Billy Bush says Matt Lauer did NOT bigfoot him out of the coveted first sit-down interview with Ryan Lochte ... telling TMZ Sports it was Lochte who called the shots.

There are reports that Lauer and his "Today" show team have been mean-girling Bush behind the scenes ... treating him like an "outcast" ever since he joined the show back in May.

And eyebrows were raised when, after Bush scored that huge exclusive 1-on-1 with Lochte on the beach in Rio (the one where Lochte straight up lied) ... the follow-up sit-down went to Lauer.

So, what happened?

Bush says it was Lochte who set the terms for the follow-up and hand-picked Lauer. Bush says any suggestion that Matt orchestrated some diabolical plot to hijack his story is just wrong. 

As for Lochte ... we asked Bush if the swimmer owes him an apology for lying to him on camera -- he didn't exactly say no.

WWE's Finn Balor How'd I Celebrate Victory??? ... With My Parents!

8/22/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

So, how does a man who calls himself the "Demon King" celebrate winning the WWE Universal Championship???

By hanging out with Mr. and Mrs. Demon King. 

We got Finn Balor out in NYC moments ago -- and he told us there was no insane raging at the clubs after he beat up Seth Rollins at "SummerSlam" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

BONUS -- He also told us what special meal he chowed on during the victory celebration with the folks. 

There are reports Balor suffered an injury to his right arm Sunday night -- but as far as we could tell from the clip, he didn't appear to be wearing a brace ... then again, he was wearing a jacket. 

Hopefully, he's okay. 

Ryan Lochte He Still Doesn't Get It

8/22/2016 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Lochte is one week into his Olympic lie, and he still doesn't understand what he did.

Lochte told Matt Lauer the Rio gas station folks were out of line to point a gun at his head because he did nothing wrong.

As we all now know ... Lochte and his crew damaged the bathroom and were leaving without paying, and gas station security claim they brandished the weapon so the swimmers didn't leave until cops arrived.

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Lindsay Lohan I'll Appear on Russian TV But Give Me Money, and Putin

8/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-lindsey-lohan-tmz-gettyLindsay Lohan is trying to be a tougher negotiator against Russia than either Clinton or Trump could ever be ... because she's demanding a queen's ransom for an interview on Ruski TV.

We've learned Lindsay was offered to appear on the most popular talk show in Russia -- "Pust govoryat." The show airs on Channel 1, a state-owned station.

The host wants to interview her about her relationship and breakup with ex-fiance Egor Tarabasov. Our Russian spies got us a copy of Channel 1's letter to Lindsay, in which they say, "Please send the list of demands."

Lindsay sent her demands alright ...

-- a private jet

-- security

-- 1 year Russian visa with extension

-- 500,000 British pounds

-- hair, makeup and manicurist onboard jet

-- Ritz-Carlton penthouse suite

Oh, and one other thing. She wants to meet with President Vladimir Putin and get photos with him.

We're told Lindsay is negotiating and some of the demands have been met.

'Rugrats' & 'Newhart' Star Jack Riley Dead at 80

8/19/2016 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0819_jack_riley_Stu-Pickles_gettyJack Riley -- the voice of "Rugrats" fave, Stu Pickles, and co-star of "The Bob Newhart Show" -- has died of pneumonia.

Jack famously played Elliot Carlin, one Newhart's super neurotic patients, during all 6 seasons of the classic '70s TV sitcom.

More recently he was the father of Tommy and Dil Pickles in the "Rugrats" cartoon series and movies. Jack also starred in several Mel Brooks movies and had tons of guest roles on huge TV shows such as "MASH," "Happy Days," and 'Mary Tyler Moore.'

Riley's wife told Deadline, Jack passed away Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

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